Aiden McGeady has revealed he wants to finish his career at Celtic – although the Republic of Ireland international admits the chances of a return to Parkhead at this stage of his career are unlikely.
The 32-year-old winger played more than 200 games for the Hoops before leaving for Spartak Moscow in a £9million deal back in the summer of 2010.
McGeady is now playing in England’s League One with Jack Ross’s Sunderland, and in pretty good form with three goals in his last two matches for the Black Cats.
But it seems McGeady dreams of a swansong in Paradise, although he realistic enough to accept it’ll probably never happen.
Speaking via the Daily Record, he said: “I think the moment where I could have returned as Celtic player has passed.
“I would be happy to finish my career in a Celtic shirt, but I don’t think it will happen.
“I have not seriously thought about coaching career, but a couple of years ago I would have flatly rejected the idea of becoming a coach, but the older I get, the more I play and watch football, the more often I think about it.
“My attention is drawn now to certain coaching decisions and I think that perhaps in some situations I would have acted differently.”
McGeady has also dismissed Rangers’ chances of winning in Russia tomorrow night against his old club Spartak, adding: “Given the standard of player at Spartak, I don’t think they will have any problems against Rangers.
“If Spartak play the way I know they can, then they should have no problem achieving the right result.
“I know Spartak, I still follow them and keep in touch with some of the players.
“Steven Gerrard was a terrific player and now he decided to test himself as a manager.
“And he’s started this season well, by leading Rangers into the Group Stages of the Europa League.
“Steven has the making to become a top coach, but it will take time before you can judge his success.”
Do you think there’s any way McGeady could end up back at Celtic? Would he be of use to the Scottish Champions at the age of 32?
What do you think?